1/23/06, 1988 Catalina 27, League City, Texas, $15,000, sold 4/30/06

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1988 Catalina 27

  • Wahoo is a wing keel, standard mast height version of this popular sailboat. She is a 1988 model, commissioned in August 1987, and has an inboard diesel engine and wheel steering. She is located in League City, TX.
  • LOA 26 ft 10 in
  • LWL 21 ft 9 in
  • Beam 8 ft 10 in
  • Displacement 7300 lbs
  • Draft 3 ft 5 in
  • Engine hours, approximately 900
  • Fuel capacity, 15 gal
  • Freshwater capacity, 20 gal
  • Holding tank, 21 gal


  • Wahoo features the standard Catalina 27 layout. Forward is the V-berth with an insert to create a double berth. The head with shower is to starboard, hanging locker to port. In the saloon there is a settee to port and a settee to starboard. A table folds down from the forward bulkhead, and there is a small folding table aft of the port settee. The starboard settee converts to a double berth. Aft is a galley to port and a quarterberth to starboard. Storage under and behind settees, under V berth, and various drawers and holders added to factory-provided storage.
  • Upholstery is dark blue in good condition. Cabin sole is covered in white berber carpeting, physically in good condition but lightly stained from use.
  • Engine access is through covers behind the companionway stairs and in the quarter berth, and through access panels in the port lazarette.


  • Hillerange 2 burner alcohol stove
  • Icebox
  • Shurflo 200 pressure water w Ametek PS filter
  • Water heater, engine and 110v
  • Stainless steel sink


  • Autohelm ST4000 autopilot interfaced w/GPS mounted at helm, new 1999
  • Garmin GPS 50 mounted at helm
  • 6 in Ritchie compass
  • Signet SL 100 speed and depth gauge
  • Signet SL 60 wind speed and direction indicator, wind speed intermittent
  • Hummingbird 100sx depth/fish finder, new 2002
  • Panasonic KX-G2220 25W VHF radio

    Main Deck

  • Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit
  • Double stainless steel anchor rollers, anchor locker
  • 2 Danforth anchors w. approx. 200' nylon rode each
  • Bimini with stainless steel frame, cover in poor condition
  • Swim ladder
  • Whale gusher manual bilge pump at helm
  • Coast Guard safety package
  • Horseshoe lifering mounted on pushpit
  • 4 adult, 1 child PFD's, 3 tethers and harnesses
  • Magma "Marine Kettle" gas barbecue
  • Oil change kit, spares and repair kits for engine
  • Side stanchions and lifelines
  • Canvas covers for most external woodwork, winches
  • Teak folding table in cockpit
  • Inflatable dinghy with power inflator, oars
  • Webbing/PVC mast ladder
  • Nylon webbing jacklines port and starboard
  • Spares for running rigging
  • Fenders and dock lines
  • Portable dining canopy customized for use as a screened cockpit enclosure
  • Screens for forward and main hatches, opening ports
  • Wind scoop for forward hatch
  • Original epoxy barrier coat, ablative bottom paint, May, 2005


  • Universal model 18, 14 HP engine, fresh water cooled
  • Racor R24 primary fuel filter
  • Engine room blower
  • Bronze 2 blade prop
  • Edson pedestal wheel steering w. engine controls
  • Automatic bilge pump
  • Groco head w. holding tank, high level alarm light, macerator pump

    Electrical System

  • 2 house/starting deep cycle batteries, new October 2005
  • 10A smart battery charger, new October 2005
  • Running, steaming, anchor, deck lights
  • 3 110 v outlets, GFCI protected
  • 30A Dockside electrical cable
  • Dustbuster, rechargable flashlight
  • Westinghouse 15 pint/day dehumidifier, new May 2005, tank drains to sink

    Sails & Rigging

  • North Sails 150% genoa, original, good condition, UV strip new 2002
  • North Sails/Harken #0 roller furling/reefing
  • UK cruising spinnaker ("flasher" with "stasher"), excellent condition
  • North Sails main sail, original, good condition
  • Jiffy reefing, one reef point on main
  • Manual boom vang
  • Factory manual backstay tension adjustment
  • Genoa tracks with genoa and spinnaker cars port and starboard
  • Wire standing rigging
  • Running rigging in good condition, replaced as needed
  • 2 Lewmar 40ST 2 speed self-tailing genoa winches
  • 2 Lewmar 16ST self-tailing halyard winches
  • Traveller mounted forward of hatch, adjustable from cockpit
  • All halyards led to cockpit
  • Two winch handles, one locking, one non-locking
  • Forespar whisker pole


  • Owner's personal property.

    Owner's comments

  • Wahoo has served us well for coastal cruising and day sails round the bay. She's rigged for short-handed sailing, with all lines led to the cockpit, an autopilot to handle the helm during tacks and jibes, and jacklines running the length of the vessel. I've single-handed her up the ICW to Sabine Lake and offshore to Freeport. We've done weekend cruises around Galveston Bay, over to Double Bayou and up Cedar Bayou, and to Texas City Dike and Offat's Bayou. The previous owner, who purchased her new, has taken her as far as New Orleans on a long cruise with his family.
  • She has a full set of sail controls: for the headsail, roller reefing (not just furling), genoa car position, and of course halyard and sheet tension; for the main, halyard and sheet tension, outhaul, Cunningham, jiffy reefing, traveller and backstay tension, providing everything necessary for trimming sails and balancing the sail plan under a gamut of wind conditions. With her wing keel and spade rudder she responds well to the helm under sail or power. The big genoa, spinnaker pole and cruising spinnaker come in handy in the light summer winds of S.E. Texas.
  • Her shoal draft is a definite advantage in Clear Lake, Galveston Bay and while avoiding tows on the ICW. It's helped keep us out of trouble especially in the skinny waters in Trinity and East Bays. We keep her at the Wharf marina on Clear Lake and get in and out on days when everyone else is sitting in the mud.


  • The usual. This good-faith description is to the best of my knowledge accurate, but I'm not a marine surveyor, so I can't guarantee anything about the configuration or condition of the vessel. You'll have to verify that for yourself.

    Hello David,
    She's 95% gone but the buyer seems to be in finance company purgatory for the moment so I didn't want to jinx things by prematurely withdrawing the ad. But go ahead and take mark her sold, I profess not to be superstitious.
    Thanks, and cheers,

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